Halliford School worked with Envoplan to create a brand-new Learning Resource Centre for students, staff, and visitors. As the project began, so did the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic left behind a void, which caused a serious need to bring the school community back together. The headmaster, James Davis, had a clear vision: a space that would be the heart of learning at the centre of the school. Despite its challenges and uncertainties, the refurbishment was a success!
The project focused on enhancing the experience for staff and visitors and providing functional spaces for various activities.
The ground floor transformed into a vibrant Learning Resource Centre (LRC). The objective was to create a versatile space to accommodate seventy seated students and two hundred standing attendees during events. The thoughtful design approach eliminated the need for extensive furniture arrangement, ensuring adaptability and practicality.
Key components of the LRC included the incorporation of study spaces, collaboration areas, a librarian’s office, notice boards, presentation screens and a separate study area for small study groups, doubling as SENCO (special educational needs coordination) facility.
Seamlessly, the interior connects with the outdoors by maximising natural daylight and utilising internal plants. Furthermore, the furniture arrangements strategically placed tall bookcase units and office areas towards the rear while seating and desks were by the windows. The Envoplan team chose a light colour palette to create a bright and inviting atmosphere, replicating sunbeams and shadows. The format meant the room had plenty of natural light, creating an engaging and motivating learning atmosphere.
The design prioritised clear circulation routes that wouldn’t disrupt study areas or the SENCO facility.
The teachers enjoyed a continuous line of sight, ensuring a safe and well-monitored environment.
The focal point for presentations and events was a flexible central zone featuring a large wall-mounted screen.
The space catered to diverse student preferences, offering soft lounge seating areas, booths, and different types of workstations.
Ceiling rafts were installed with sound absorption fins to support the spaces’ various functions.
The ceiling feature reduced distracting resonance and loud noises in the library area.
Together the elements create a flexible and inclusive space that builds upon the envisioned sense of community.
Despite its challenges, Halliford School, in collaboration with Envoplan, created a successful Learning Resource Centre. Overall, the project has seen an incredible return on investment. The introduction of the new space has provided staff with enhanced functionality and improved collaboration and given them easy access to an abundance of resources.
The students’ learning and well-being have thrived, fostering a relaxed and engaging environment that promotes their overall development.
It is the heart of learning at the school’s core, showcasing Headmaster James Davis’s vision and dedication to the school community.